The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

Book - 2014
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At first enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a psychologically damaged mind.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781250022066
Branch Call Number: Mystery Penny
Characteristics: viii, 373 pages ; 25 cm

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beatazio
Oct 22, 2018

The book was not believable in terms of the plot. Where the author got such a strained idea from? The characters were fake; the idea of an idealistic village called Tree Pines nice but not likely to exist in a real life. Too much psychological exploration. Got bored after 1/3 of the book. Not recommended although I came across far worse in my life of a book lover for the last 50 years.

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Lmcoll
Oct 13, 2018

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morebooksplease
Jul 04, 2018

I have really enjoyed the series thus far and this was no exception. It doesn’t take place in 3 Pines (because really, how many murders can a village have?) but puts the focus on love and loss and ‘moving on’ through the lens of artists Peter and Clara. A little wordy and less action than some of the others in the series but I found it moving and thought provoking.

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MrsKayStephen
Apr 24, 2018

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny is part of her Inspector Gamache series yet reads beautifully as a stand alone novel. This book is a lovely work of Canadian literature (CanLit). Everything about it embraces Canada – the settings, the personalities, the modes of transportation, the geography, the cityscapes and countryside, the food, the artists, the culture and last but not least, the police system.
This reviewer recommends that the reader takes the time to read and reflect on the author's acknowledgements prior to indulging in the novel, it will make your reading experience so much richer!

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JLMason
Nov 30, 2017

The story's theme is healing as symbolized by the book that Gamache is reading, "The Balm of Gilead" and as embodied in characters of Gamache, Clara, and Peter, who are seeking peace, closure, and self-knowledge respectively. After the violent, tense narrative and cathartic ending of the previous book this is a quieter journey, but it ends with unexpected twists and a tragic, but somehow fitting, outcome.

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Mahjo
Nov 25, 2017

A character observes that artists may overwork a piece (a painting in this novel) to the point where the canvas can no longer hold the paint and it slides off. I think "The Long Way Home" suffers from that problem, too much verbiage and a strained plot. Who paid all that airfare? My least favorite in the series, so far.

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molly_mcnees
Nov 10, 2017

#10

ontherideau Oct 04, 2017

The geographical interest kept me going. Analysis of each character's thoughts and predictions was tedious, I skipped some parts to get to the conclusion.

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 29, 2017

I thought this was the least successful of the Gamache books. Way too much philosophizing and too little action, until the very end, which I found abrupt and unsatisfying (although getting there and the setting were interesting -- maps, please.) The main point of interest is the dialogue (with Jean-Guy getting some of the best quips.) And please stop harping on the flaky croissants and baguettes, neither of which I can obtain by walking a few meters to my local bakery.

rb3221 Jun 24, 2017

A very different kind of mystery for Penny involving Peter and his relationship with Clara. Unfortunately very little 'happens' for most of the novel and all is revealed in the last 15 pages which at least had its share of twists and turns.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Penny's previous novels but not this one. It rambles on and on with a very slow pace and I was barely able to finish it.

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